It’s weird when a public personality dies. You didn’t know them, yet maybe you feel a bit sad. Should you write about it? Ignore it? Or do like I did today, spending most of it surfing the internet reading obits and stories about Steve Jobs.
Anyway, I came across his 2005 commencement address to Stanford University. Probably one of the most inspiring talks I’ve ever heard. 15 mins long. Also available here. If you prefer to read the text, it’s here.
“I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
RIP, Steve Jobs.